Jt.(7l<mef KITCHENS • ST. CHARLES, ILLINOIS "^ "\
The St. Charles Custom Kitchen business was born in 1935
to bring personalized kitchen design and custom building
to home owners and planners like yourself.
Your impatience with inadequate construction of kitchens
without consideration of a woman's work needs — your re-
fusal any longer to put up with a dull, drab, awkward work-
room in the vital center of a fine home— made St. Charles
possible and important.
In the years since 1935, St. Charles has helped bring about
a revolution in kitchen treatment which you now see reflected
in leading magazines, books and latest architectural and
decorator thinking. St. Charles pioneered improved fashion-
ing of steel, combining silenced strength and beauty to surpass
all other materials. St. Charles originated and perfected
color finishing of steel kitchens and the application of wood
fronts to strong, warp-proof steel construction.
Your St. Charles Kitchen is yours alone. Every step of the
way, from the first line on the designer's board to the last
finishing touch of installation, it is your ideas which guide
our work. This is doubly insured by the personal service of
our exclusive, factory-trained dealer in your community who
is a specialist in our company methods. (See page 23 of
Perhaps you have not heard of St. Charles before. We are
not a mass production company. St. Charles is dedicated
to serving individuals who resist ordinary kitchen treatment
—people who know they want the finest and who appreciate
the specialized planning, skillful designing and construction,
tasteful styling and unlimited decorative possibilities, custom
fitting and finishing which only St. Charles can give. The
following pages show what may be done for your home.
St. Charles is 40 miles west of downtown Chicago on
Route 64. We would like to show you our new Tyler
Road plant when you're passing this way. Visit our
showrooms in Chicago at 122 South Michigan and in
New York at 101 Park Avenue.
Copyright, 1954, St. Charles Manufacturing Co.
AND ST. CHARLES
PLAN YOUR KITCHEN
This page will serve as a practical outline
for planning your new kitchen. There are
good reasons, we think, why your kitchen
choice should be St. Charles. You will
understand these more clearly as you read
through the pages that follow.
FOOD PREPARATION AREA
Here's where kitchen efficiency starts. A sound
plan right here and half the job is done because
this is the area that launches more than a
thousand meals a year. See pages 6, 7, 8, and 9.
If this area suggests chores and hard work to
you, you've a happy surprise in store. The whole
point of St. Charles planning and custom build-
ing is to make all work, in the kitchen a pleasure.
See pages 10, 11, 12, and 13.
COOKING AND SERVING AREA
Here's where your own magic turns recipes into
finished dishes — menus into meals. Proper ar-
rangement moves everything along smoothly to
the waiting table. See pages 14, 15, 16, and 17.
ST. CHARLES COLOR
In the strictest sense, color is more a part
of decoration than of planning or con-
struction. However, St. Charles choice of
fifteen different colors makes it an im-
portant consideration from the outset.
Color and decoration are discussed through-
out this book with a complete listing of
St. Charles colors on pages 18 and 19.
Today's kitchen, beyond being a place to cook,
can offer the expanded advantages of a home
management area, an informal eating area, a
home laundry or perhaps one of many special-
ized areas to meet your individual requirements.
See pages 20 and 21.
PLANNING AND CUSTOM
The types of units shown on these pages form the
foundation for St. Charles planning and custom
building. As you read through this booklet you
will see how St. Charles has developed and added
to these general storage units to give you con-
venience features for specific kitchen areas un-
equaled in the kitchen industry.
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Encloses sink plumbing and
gives a flush, unified appear-
ance to the complete kitchen.
The sink compartment is fitted
with a bottom plate which
provides ample storage for
CUPBOARD BASE UNITS
Single or double door. Has adjustable shelf or
may be fitted with sliding shelves. All sliding
shelves have nylon rollers. This unit adapts itself
to storage of large items.
FULL-HEIGHT DOOR BASE UNITS
By eliminating the usual shal-.
low drawer in a cupboard unit
additional space is gained for
storing extra tall articles. Shelf
is adjustable. May be fitted
with sliding shelves.
BUILDING BEGIN HERE
St. Charles complete custom building means that
these basic units and the many special units de-
scribed on the following pages can be built to meet
the needs of your kitchen, whatever the condi-
tions. None are prefabricated and stocked. Each
unit is made and finished after the order is received.
This means that you will have a kitchen that fits
your room exactly without excessive use of wasteful
fillers. This type of production gives St. Charles
extreme flexibility and makes it possible to give
each kitchen attention unheard of on a mass pro-
These units make full use of
wall space. The unit shown
here is for implement storage
with three adjustable shelves.
Other full-height units are
available for general and spe-
cialized storage. Additional
shelves, sliding hooks, or slid-
ing shelves may be added to
the unit to meet specific needs.
Available with 2 depths of
drawers with varying combi-
nations, providing good visi-
bility and making contents
readily accessible. AH drawers
have nylon rollers and auto-
Combines advantages of cup-
board and deep drawer base.
May be fitted with sliding
shelf in cupboard area.
Provides auxiliary storage space for the area be-
tween wall units and counter. Has sliding steel
doors and one stationary shelf plus bottom shelf.
Single or double door, depending on width, and available in varying
heights for general storage and for use over appliances. The 36"
height with three adjustable shelves plus bottom storage area pro-
vides the greatest storage space. All shelves are adjustable. All wall
units have flush bottoms.
MIXING AND FOOD PREPARATION
Contains pull-out cutting
board, cutlery drawer,
flour, meal, and sugar bins,
and bread and cake container.
TILTING FLOUR BIN UNIT
For use where considerable
baking is done. A removable
insert fits into the bin. Holds
up to 52 lbs. of flour.
You will want everything readily at hand when you begin
mixing ingredients for baking", preparing salads, making sand-
wiches, and peeling, paring and cutting uncooked foods.
You'll need storage for such things as flour, sugar, certain
canned goods, condiments, and refrigerated storage for perish-
ables. You will also need storage for utensils appropriate to
PLANNING HINTS FOR THIS AREA
• Location of the mixing area, preferably between the sink
• Light is important. Fluorescent lighting may be recessed in
the flush bottom of the St. Charles wall units.
• Refrigerator door should open away from the mixing area
counter so that you do not have to walk around it.
• A maple top is an ideal surface for this area.
• Adequate wall unit storage for keeping mixing ingredients
SLIDING CUTTING BOARD
Fits below shallow drawer.
May be pulled out as needed.
A deep tin container with
sliding cover, sliding wire shelf
inside provides for two-level
Fits diagonal corner wall unit,
is adjustable and has a 20"
diameter rotating pan for easy
access to stored items.
WAX PAPER HOLDER
Holds any standard box of
wax paper. Attaches to back
of unit door.
Metal dividers welded crosswise into
MEAT GRINDER ATTACHMENT
Clamps to edge of counter, providing
sturdy extension edge to hold meat
Tube is recessed in space at bottom
of wall unit. Electrical outlet at end
to serve appliances.
COOK BOOK RACK
Book rests on ledge of stainless steel fas-
tened to inside of door. Spring holds
cook book open for following recipes.
For use on counter for rolling
pastry or as a cutting surface.
Stored in top drawer on sup-
ports snapped on sides of
SLIDING FLOUR OR SUGAR BIN
Units exactly alike except
flour bin, holding 9 lbs., is
equipped with sifter and sugar
bin, holding 16 lbs., has a
FLOUR, MEAL AND SUGAR BINS
Three receptacles with tight-
ly fitting covers easily re-
WALL UNIT FILE
Movable file having two com-
partments for such things as
tins, covers, cook books, cas-
REFRIGERATOR VENTILATING UNIT
Provides adequate ventilation
for refrigerator by means of
4" duct at rear of unit. Front
portion available for storage.
DECORATING HINTS FOR CLEAN-UP AREA
Louvred shutters, folded back from over-sink windows, scalloped
valance boards, ruffled chintz curtains, all are window treatments that
will tend to "provincialize" this area, in which sink and windows will
most frequently dominate. A slip-cover, made and ruffled in a small
pattern material, will stamp an earlier period on even so modern a
convenience as the posture chair at your sit-down sink.
To catch the tone of today, plan horizontally paned windows, with
wood-slat roller shades, accented with boldly designed, severely tailored
curtains. Gooseneck spotlights, trained on a double-bowl sink below,
flanked with recessed coved lighting, will emphasize the modern key.
The importance of
The perspective drawing above
will show you how the Clean-up
Area fits into the complete kitchen
plan shown at the left.
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VEGETABLE STORAGE UNIT
A ventilated unit with three
sliding trays for fruits and
vegetables that do not require
refrigeration; wire baskets are
we ll planned CLEAN-UP AREA
The needs of this area present special problems, all of which have
their answers in the equipment which St. Charles makes available
to you. It is, of course, the dirty-dish-department, and proper
arrangements must be made for cleaning up in the easiest possible
manner. Since this section contains your kitchen's source of
water, it will be used, not only for clean-up, but for processing
foods that need water in their preparation or cooking.
Dishwasher — Most standard makes may be incorporated into
kitchen beneath a continuous counter top. For an exact color
match, the dishwasher front may be finished at the factory along
with your St. Charles Kitchen.
PAPER TOWEL HOLDER
Attached to bottom of wall unit. Holds
any standard paper towel roll. Avail-
able in standard St. Charles colors.
CAN OPENER BRACKET
Bracket for mounting any wall-type
can opener, slides on track fastened
to bottom of wall unit. Bracket may
be removed for storage.
To be attached to back of sink front
door, keeping dish towels and tea
towels readily at hand, where they're
most frequently used.
Wooden insert with compartments.
For use in shallow drawers, for knives,
forks, spoons, etc.
TOWEL DRIER UNIT
500-watt heating element,
blower and automatic timer
are located beneath sliding tow-
el rods. Ventilated door.
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For fruit or vegetable storage.
Can be added to any cup-
WIRE VEGETABLE BASKETS
Set of three baskets which fit
into vegetable tray for segre-
Fitted on back of door of any
wall unit or full height unit.
Make-up accessories may be
kept in cabinet.
CLEAN-UP AREA (continued)
Storage should be provided in this area for your soaps and cleansers,
dishcloths and dishtowels, and waxing supplies. Here, too, you
will want to provide for such things as dried fruits, dry vegetables
not needing refrigeration, and canned foods requiring water.
St. Charles anticipated each of these needs by providing an orderly
arrangement to accommodate them. It is this attention to details
which, when totaled up for each area, results in the easy work-
ability of a St. Charles Kitchen.
PLANNING HINTS FOR THIS AREA
• Placement of dishwasher is important, for right-handed
person it should be to the left of the sink, for left-handed person,
it should be to the right of the sink.
• Provide for ample counter space on each side of the sink.
• Provide storage for utensils used at the sink and then taken to
• It is desirable to locate sink under a window, assuring a good
source of daylight in this much-used area. This also will allow
maximum use of wall areas for storage.
• A fluorescent light mounted in the soffit over the sink will
supplement the main ceiling light in your kitchen.
Here are two solutions to the problem of how to
store cups safely . . . wire cup racks, attached to
bottom of wall unit shelf, or cup rack inserted,
like a shelf, in back of wall unit. This rack can
also be used for storing glasses.
An enameled steel shelf for
use between wall units adds
a decorative touch when used
Galvanized container at-
tached to inner side of sink
door easily removed for dis-
posal of contents. When door
is closed, receptacle is auto-
BASE SLIDING SHELVES
Can be used in any cupboard
unit. Sliding feature of shelf
brings the articles within easy
Attached to back of base cabi-
net door. Holds lids up to 10".
SLIDING TOWEL RACK
I hi ec chrome rods on
enameled steel bracket for
' Mlvenient storage of towels in
link front area.
AUXILIARY STORAGE RACK
Attached to back of sink door
holds cleansers, scouring ma-
terials, and dish cloth.
One thinks, ordinarily, of a sink as being just
that and nothing more. But, to St. Charles,
a sink is a kitchen convenience that, like
every other element in a kitchen, should fit
your work habits and the decorative scheme
of your kitchen. This is the kind of thinking"
that has made it possible for you to choose,
from St. Charles, the sink arrangement you
want. Besides the one on page four, here
are three additional styles.
The recess provides additional knee room
while working at the sink.
SINK ON DIAGONAL
For use across a corner. Ideal for use with
Now all the paring, peeling,
stringing, sorting, slicing,
and washing of fruits and
vegetables that you've had
to stand for can be done sit-
ting clown. This special, shal-
low sink, with its roomy re-
cess for your knees, is
St. Charles newest expression
of better living in your
DECORATING HINTS FOR COOKING AND SERVING AREA
A range hood of stainless steel, cut in severely straight lines will
emphasize a modern feeling of this interesting area. Remember
built-in cooking surfaces and ovens, too, as smartly representative
of the modern trend in both convenience and appearance.
For the look of "something old" in something very new, give a
thought to mounting a scalloped copper hood above your range or
cooking surface, with provision for suspending pans and ladles.
Your high bar for snack service can well be provided with sim-
ple wooden stools, with ruffled chintz seat pads.
the many advantages of a St. Charles
The Cooking and Serving Area,
illustrated in color at the left, is
easily seen in its true relation to
the entire kitchen, by referring to
the perspective drawing above.
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TRAY STORAGE UNIT
The unit is divided into four
sections by chrome-plated
rods. Bottom is lined with
linowall, which is easily re-
moved for cleaning.
A |MD SERVING AREA
As you look through the illustrations and read their descriptions
appearing on these pages you will notice several of the out-of-the-
ordinary things that St. Charles can do to beautify as well as
simplify this part of your kitchen. Most of the activity in this area
centers around the range and oven, whether a free-standing unit
or separate built-ins. Twenty years of observing kitchen traffic
has taught St. Charles to arrange these appliances so that you
may use them with a minimum of effort and lost motion. Provision
of storage for table service is also desirable here and has been
adequately arranged for by St. Charles.
Stainless steel rail holds plates on
edge at rear of shelf.
TRAY STORAGE PANEL
Steel panels fastened in bottom of
cupboard unit for holding trays.
CANNED STORAGE INSERT
Wire rack fits into sliding shelf for
convenient storage of canned goods.
Made of stainless steel. Fits beneath
wall unit above range.
Unit has five sliding, parti-
tioned drawers lined with
tarnish-proof Pacific cloth.
Cover of Pacific cloth also
covers silver in each drawer.
1 wo upper shelves have in-
serts compartmented for silver.
Has five wide, shallow drawers
for storing table linens with as
little folding as possible, to
avoid unnecessary wrinkles.
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LID AND TIN FILE
Any deep drawer may be
fitted with dividers for vertical
filing of pie and cake tins or
lids up to 9" in diameter.
Unit with exhaust fan for use
above range. Comes complete
with stainless steel range hood
and four-speed control switch.
Two filters trap grease before
exhausting through duct work-
COOKING AND SERVING AREA
In this area, you will want to keep handy certain foods that need
little or no preparation, but go directly to the table or range. Some
of these would be canned foods, cereals, crackers, tea and coffee,
and macaroni. There should also be some supplementary storage,
smaller than provided in the preparation area, for sugar, flour, and
seasonings. In the serving area you will want storage for table
linens, silverware, dishes and glassware.
PLANNING HINTS FOR THIS AREA
• Counter space is important next to the range burners; a
stainless steel insert in the counter top next to the range will pro-
tect your counter from hot pans.
• Large wall units are desirable to store dishes.
• Fluorescent lighting may be recessed in the bottom of wall units.
• "Removal of cooking fumes should be provided for with a venti-
lation unit over range burners.
• A serving counter close to dining area will prove a handy place
to organize food and dishes before taking them to the table.
Two shelves for storing condi-
ments and other small articles
within reach and visibility.
Shelf is half as deep as regular
shelf. Use it in wall units, to
store small articles at two levels
in back, leaving room for tall
items on the shelf below.
SILVER STORAGE DRAWER
Drawer lined and covered
with Pacific cloth, and com-
partmented for flat silver.
Separate compartments for
kitchen cutlery and other
small articles. Bottom of
drawer lined with protective
BUILT-IN COOKING UNITS
Wonderful things can happen to your oven and
cooking surface, when they become a part of your
new St. Charles Kitchen. If you have always
thought of them as only necessities in your kitchen,
you're due for a happy surprise!
Here, in a variety of custom treatments, they can
be blended into the decorative beauty of your
kitchen. Ovens may be built in, at comfortable
waist-high levels. Surface cooking" units, in a variety
of burner arrangements, can be inserted into pro-
tective, stainless steel counter tops. Conventional
ranges may be built in with stainless steel inserts
surrounding the burners.
This flexibility is, of course, the matchless prod-
uct of custom-building, that lets you have what
you want from St. Charles.
BUILT-IN OVENS AND SURFACE UNITS
For surface or drop-in burners, St. Charles provides
custom tops and base units to accommodate all makes
of equipment. For use with ovens, St. Charles provides
a specially designed full-height unit for all makes.
St. Charles door and drawer handles are
of exclusive design, their slender, graceful
lines lending distinction and identifica-
tion to your kitchen. You may choose
from four finishes — brass, black, and
brushed or polished chrome.
These shelves, covered in material match-
ing your counter-tops, may be used to
finish off the ends of rows of wall or base
RADIUS END PANELS
Gracefully curved end panels may be
used to round off the otherwise square
corners of end cabinets placed near doors
or other traffic points.
You may have glass panels in any wall
unit door, to display lovely china or glass-
ware, or to show a second color used as
an interior finish.
These form a connecting link without in-
terrupting the flow of design, whenever
it is desirable to leave space between two
Any drawer or door may be fitted with
one of these sturdy locks.
WROUGHT IRON LEGS
A decorative touch of great usefulness in
establishing the modern feeling.
Decorative as well as practical, they may
be installed wherever added ventilation is
An open plan kitchen,
designed and built by
St. Charles and selected
by "Living for Young
Homemakers," for favor-
able editorial comment.
Color photograph courtesy of "Living for Young Homemakers."
THE CHARM OF
IN YOUR KITCHEN
The charm of color has found increasingly pleasant
use in our homes during the past years, but full-color
application was stopped cold at the kitchen door to
the disappointment of thoughtful women. Though
high on the want list of women everywhere, steel
kitchens in color were an impractical dream until
seven years ago when St. Charles introduced another
"first" idea in custom kitchens — color finishes on steel.
Today, you may benefit from these years of experience
by having the color or combination of colors you and
the decor of your home may require.
Here, in the choice or interplay of colors, you can
reach an ultimate of personal expression. Consider, for
example, doing upper units in one color and lower
units in another — units on one wall in a different
color from those on another — contrasting interiors with
exteriors in glass-doored units. Will you blend your
kitchen into other parts of your home, or set it apart
with color? Use deep tones, to quiet glaring sunlight?
Brighten dark corners with high-key colors? St. Charles
makes all of these things possible. So think about the
charm of color as your kitchen plan takes shape.
HERE IS YOUR
OF COLORS BY
For those who prefer the decorative effect
of wood, yet want the advantage of steel
construction, St. Charles has originated cus-
tom construction of solid steel casework
combined with natural wood doors and
drawer fronts. Prime birch, finished in
natural tone or in a soft, dark brown, lets
your St. Charles Kitchen display the texture
of natural wood, while you enjoy the long life
and low maintenance of custom-built steel.
If the situation demands, any color you want may be matched
by special schedule arrangement.
PLUS" AREAS IN YOUR KITCHEN
Here are suggestions for other functions that can be combined with
your kitchen, made possible by the complete flexibility of St. Charles
custom-building. With the development of one or more of these
"plus" areas in your plan, your kitchen's usefulness and your con-
venience are instantly multiplied. Imagine, for example, the time-
saving utility of a wisely planned laundry area, a comfortable, sit-
down planning area, an eating area for 'tween-meal snacks or family
meals — all so easily and so naturally absorbed within your practical
kitchen plan. The few examples on these pages are sure to stimulate
your own imagination to suggest "plus" areas best suited to jour needs.
Here in the service pantry, everything is
conveniently at hand for the preparation of
refreshments and storage of supplies required
for this pleasant task. This relieves kitchen con-
gestion, at the time when the kitchen proper is
at its prc-dinner busiest.
This typical arrangement adds remarkably
to the convenience and pleasantness of the
modern kitchen. Serving and clean-up are
accelerated by the pass-through arrangement
and the suspended units which offer easy access
from either side.
Contains two sliding shelves,
behind a locking, full-height
door, each fitted with a
wooden insert providing in-
dividual compartments for
bottles, openers, and other
associated accessories, Di-
vider inserts are available
separately for use in any
Separating kitchen proper
from dining area, provides
extra shelf-storage space, ac-
cessible through doors on
ROVING WORK CENTER
Incorporating special-purpose units and acces-
sories of your selection, is mounted on large,
quiet casters for easy movement to any conven-
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SOILED LINEN UNIT
Contains a spacious bin, at-
tached to a tilting door front
that is louvred for adequate
In the laundry area, designed by St. Charles, provision can
be made to build in equipment beneath a counter top, thereby
blending the appliances themselves into your decorative scheme.
Broad drawers, for flat,
wrinkle-free storage of
table linens, topped by
glass-doored display of
your nicest china.
A maple cutting board,
at easy, sit-down level,
serves as a handy plan-
ning desk in its off-duty
storage and serving sur-
face combine to form a
useful "buffet" in this
auxiliary storage area.
CONVENIENT TWO-LEVEL TOPS
Lower surface-level may be incorporated in your St. Charles
kitchen, pro%'iding greater comfort for working when seated or a
more convenient working level for mixing or whipping ingredients
in bowls, This also provides comfortable counter height for
CUSTOM SINK TOPS AND COUNTERS
A St. Charles one-piece, continuous counter top marks the truly custom-built
kitchen and plays an important part in making the kitchen fit right and look right.
Its smooth, continuous surface is built at the factory to the shape and dimensions
your room requires. The foundation is a sturdy steel core, reinforced for strength
and rigidity. To this core the covering material of your choice (Vinyl, Formica,
Textolite, Granette Corlon) is bonded with a waterproof cement. Sink bowls
mav be porcelain enameled cast iron, porcelain enameled pressed steel, or stain-
less steel and are sealed in the top with a waterproof connection.
If desired you may have the entire top of stainless steel. This makes an
excellent working surface and is as adaptable to custom building as is a Vinyl
or Formica top.
Inserts of various materials may be built into the counter top, examples are
shown on this page.
STAINLESS STEEL INSERT
Stainless steel inserts, built into
any top, are extremely useful next
to a free-standing range, provid-
ing damage -proof surfaces on
which hot cooking utensils may be
placed directly upon removing
them from the range.
Because of its special value as a
surface for cutting, mixing or
rolling, this material rates high on
the wanted list for most kitchens.
It is especially desirable in the
mixing and food preparation area.
THE PART YOUR ST. CHARLES DEALER PLAYS
Now that you have read this booklet explaining what you can expect of your
St. Charles Kitchen, your next step should be to see your St. Charles Dealer.
Using his wealth of experience and your own ideas, he will develop a plan which
will become the basis for the factory's blueprint in custom-building your indi-
vidual St. Charles Kitchen. Your St. Charles dealer is a specialist in planning
custom-built kitchens — a trained expert who can design your kitchen to inter-
pret your ideas. He has trained personnel to install the kitchen properly and
is prepared to co-ordinate all the trades needed for completing your kitchen.
His guidance and advice can assure you of the full satisfaction you deserve to
enjoy in your new kitchen.
If you desire, your St. Charles dealer can also advise you wisely, of ways
to finance your new kitchen investment. There are several plans available
and he can help you to find the one that's best for your budget.
See him soon and get an early start toward the best kitchen you can
possibly buy . . . custom-built of steel, by St. Charles.
Look for the name and address of your St. Charles dealer in the yellow
pages of your phone book.
ST. CHARLES MANUFACTURING COMPANY
ST. CHARLES, ILLINOIS
CUSTOM-BUILT OF STEEL
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